You will likely attract top dollar and keep top dollar when you provide good information to buyers before they write their offers.

Beautiful Condo in Hip, Sunny Mission!
Flexible floor plan Three bedrooms Split Bath Leased Parking Awesome Kitchen Shared Garden

This six room home has a flexible floor plan, great light and gleaming wood floors.  The cook’s kitchen in the rear is well designed and has a Bertazzoni range and a Bosch dishwasher.  It is adjacent to a great room, with built-ins, a decorative fireplace and plantation shutters, which can be used as dining and living space.  A formal living room, three bedrooms and a split bath with a gorgeous furniture-style vanity and sink. In unit laundry. Leased parking, paid through the end of the year is available across the street. Recently formed home owners association currently splits expenses. Sweet, shared yard. Company shuttle busses, BART, Muni, shops and restaurants are nearby. 


Did you miss that surge of new inventory on the San Francisco market this spring? We all did.  Buyers and their agents were hopeful.  Inventory levels remained low. I was surprised to see this chart and realize that we've been waiting for the spring inventory to arrive. For the last few years!
California is facing a crisis with water, too. A few years of below normal rainfall, along with increased demand leaves us with a severe shortage of water.
For many of my years as a real estate...

Gorgeous Condo in Inner Mission
2 Bedrooms PLUS sunroom Living room with great details Formal dining room Renovated cook's kitchen Large, shared garden 1,322 square feet per tax records, not verified by agent or sellers Low HOA fees

Bright, top-floor condo with many original details including beautiful wood floors, molding, and a decorative fireplace, built-in shelves and double hung craftsman-style windows.  The formal dining room is adjacent to the large cook's kitchen (great storage and counter-space) and the living room. There are two large bedrooms PLUS a sunroom/office and a split bath. There is ample storage and parking for one car in the garage.  The large, shared yard is perfect for relaxing and entertaining.  Close to restaurants including Atlas Cafe, Central Kitchen and Flour + Water. Easy walk to Valencia Street and 24th Street, company shuttles, BART and close to 101 and 280.


Private Shuttle Busses in SF
The bidding in San Francisco continues at a furious pace.
Buyers flock to the few nice properties available for sale in the city, and many have written offers well above the asking price--10%, 20% and higher!  I've had clients compete in bids with 15+ offers, but the norm for us is often around 10 bidders per property.  There are several reasons for the shortage of inventory that has created a huge imbalance in our local real estate market: 
Strong economy with...

abundance of purple cauliflower
San Francisco has long been a great place for food lovers.  Eating local, organic and fresh is easy. We have great produce in stores, wonderful farmers markets and plenty of other options for eating local and fresh--grow your own, get a box delivered to your door, etc.  In the last few years, it seems like we have a few dozen new restaurants in the Mission alone.  Foodies delight!  Our appetite for great food and hip new restaurants seems insatiable....

Are you ready to be a buyer in San Francisco?  Here are 5 things to consider as you start the buying process:
1. Be Pre-Approved Getting pre-approved before you start searching for your new home is critical.  It will be a guide to help you determine the kind and price of the property you will be searching for.  Because our market is currently moving quickly, getting pre-approved will enable you to write an offer within hours of seeing a property.  Your offer will not be competitive with...

For the past month, more than half of the announced sales have at the Zephyr office meeting have sold with multiple offers over asking. Some have sold near their asking price.  Some have sold for $50,000 over.  Or $150,000 over.  One for $400,000 over its $2.3 million asking price. What is happening here?  Simple.  Really high demand from buyers and a low level of inventory. The graphic depicts the months supply of inventory for residential properties in the city of San Francisco. ...

One question that many Sellers overlook when making the decision about who to hire to represent them in the sale of their home:  Would you ever be willing to represent the buyer as well as me?  And the follow on question: How many times have you reprsented both the buyer and the seller in a transaction?  Representing both the buyer and the seller in the transaction is perfectly legal, and some agents make this a business practice.
You might consider, however, hiring an agent who will not...

When you are buying or selling a home, it is important for you to select an agent who is experienced, knowledgable, professional and will help you through every step of the process.  After selecting an agent, you'll work with this person to identify the property that is right for you, help you determine the price and terms of the bid that are appropriate and help you negotiate the contract.  Once ratified (the deal has been accepted by all parties), your agent will lead you through the...

We’ve seen a dramatic change in the Southern Marin real estate market.  It seems as if we have a real shortage of nice homes for sale.  Homes are selling quickly, some with multiple offers, and some for more than their original asking price.
We’ve been hearing bad news about the economy and the real estate market for the past several years, so what’s happening here?  In Tam Valley, there are currently more than a dozen homes that are in contract, meaning the seller has accepted the...

Anyone selling or buying a home/property in the state of California needs a geological report! 
According to the California Civil Code 1102.6, sellers of most residential property are required to provide prospective buyers with what is commonly known in the real estate community as the "TDS" – or Transfer Disclosure Statement.  This document requires sellers to make known any facts that may impact the value of the property.  The TDS provided by the California Association of Realtors...

Megan and Lee Mokri bought their first home in Mill Valley.  So why is this news? They love living there.  And, they appreciate the service they got from Stacey and Jane.  Check out this video:

Last year, we helped Megan and Lee Mokri buy a home in the Tam Valley neighborhood of Mill Valley.  Here is what they have to say about the experience of working with Jane Mermelstein Click here to view video

During your escrow process, you will be asked by your agent, lender and/or escrow officer how you plan to hold title.  There are several options for California residents.  Before you choose, it is best to confer with your expert advisors, including your attorney and accountant.  How you hold title can have significant implications on your estate (if your property transfers upon your death) and on your taxes.  
The common ways of holding title for co-owners includes (but is not limited...

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